Homestead Funding Corp.'s philosophy of putting people first has fostered a corporate culture that encourages support for the communities we serve. Our commitment goes far beyond the services we offer. We build a life outside the workplace by getting involved with charitable events and organizations that improve the lives of our family, friends and neighbors. Whether walking for the Heart Association, hosting a company barbecue to support our troops, rolling up our sleeves for the Red Cross or adopting a needy family during the holidays, the employees at Homestead are ready and willing to step up when called upon.
Since 1997 our company's fundraising activities have raised almost $300,000 for the American Heart Walk. In support of this effort there have been managers with pie on their face, with water up their nose and gladiators fighting to win the battle against heart disease. These events have been witnessed by countless smiles and much laughter.
“Thank you for all that you did to make our Heart Walk a success! The work you put into making this happen is incredible.” - Anita Manpel, American Heart Association
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Over the past decade we have had people pulling with all their might in a tug of war to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis. Others participate on relay teams racing up 42 flights of stairs at the annual stair climb to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In 2015, Homestead's teams participated in the 27th Annual CF Stair Climb and helped the foundation exceed the previous year's total of $61,000.
“We are thrilled to have Homestead Funding back again this year. Thanks so much for your help coordinating everything. You are so great to do this.“
- Whitney Hill, Special Events Coordinator Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
American Red Cross
Homestead Funding’s Corporate office continually supports the American Red Cross by conducting blood drives on a semi-annual basis, where employees have the opportunity to donate during the day. In the last ten years over five hundred units of blood have been collected which could potentially save over 1,500 lives.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for being a part of the American Red Cross Life Share program. The Life Share program is about helping save lives by doing your ‘fair share’ in maintaining the community blood supply. The program also provides a platform for recognizing the most dedicated sponsors. Based on your employees’ donations, your organization has achieved the Platinum Level, which is the highest achievement in the Life Share program.”
- Kay Schwartz, American Red Cross
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
Each year since 1998 we have supported the Regional Food Bank’s Holiday Hunger Appeal by asking shoppers in Crossgates mall in Albany, NY to help feed the hungry with a one dollar donation. Our people also generously volunteer their time to work in the food bank warehouse. In 2014 we were able to assist in collecting nearly $65,000 in mall collections alone!
Our local Food Bank distributes food donations from growers, wholesalers and retailers to food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters throughout 23 counties in northeastern New York. Because the food is donated, the Regional Food Bank is able to provide agencies feeding the needy with $10.00 worth of food for every dollar contributed. Even a small donation of $1 has a big impact.
“It is an honor to have such friends as you. Thank you for your devotion in helping us to alleviate hunger.”
- Elizabeth Snyder-Claudio, Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
Haven of Hope Farm
Haven of Hope Farm & Residence provides transitional housing to homeless women in Montgomery and Fulton Counties. Their holistic living and work experience programs prepare women to work towards independent living and family unification. Homestead has adopted Haven of Hope’s children for Christmas since 2013 serving 32 children as of December 2016. Homestead employees continue to support the farm’s work experience programs by purchasing produce, jams and baked goods produced on the farm year around. Click here to watch a video about Haven of Hope Farm.
“Sebastian opened the Nintendo second to last and he was so excited he cried! Merry Christmas!”
- Aubrey (Sebastian)